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White Birch Berliner WeisseWhite Birch Berliner Weisse

Brewed by:
White Birch Brewing
New Hampshire, United States

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our approach was to brew this beer with Lactobacilius for a refreshing and authentic interpretation of a classic summer refresher.

Added by barleywinebrewer on 06-22-2010

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can

Pours a cloudy lemon golden, half inch of firm white head dissipates quickly to nothing.

Smells of fresh tart lemon and orange citrus and of blueberry and raspberry.

Tastes of lemon, blueberry, orange zest, cracker and sourdough malt.

Light body with light fizzy carbonation on the tongue.

Very nice fruity session sour, great in warm weather and quenches the thirst. Worth trying if you come across it.

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Photo of ajm5108
2.65/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours the expected pale straw color with little head (as per the style), but was dissapointed by the lack of carbonation as well as noticeable yeast clumps (which is expected with a Belgian / saison / etc, but necessarily a Berliner). Aroma is mild with just some pale malt notes & a little lactic funk. Taste is fine, generic & pedestrain but nothing really "off". To me, Berliners are more about the tartness & snap, and this has neither of those. Really miss that crisp dryness on the feel, it's too slick. There is some sourness but not much og that tart snap, just some vague lacto-vinegar. Drinkable for sure, but much better examples of the style readily available.

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Photo of chinchill
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can into a goblet. By appearance, this looks to be a very fizzy yellow beer but it certainly should not be grouped with most beers that get this description. High carbonation can be seen as well as heard, but seems about right in the mouth, partly due to the light body. The aroma is fruity and tart, as is the taste. Moderately high tartness. Clean and very drinkable for style.

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Photo of anthony23cippy
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

poured from a can into a pint glass. Pours a dark straw to light orange with virtually no head and no lacing. Smell is of fermented apple, pear, and a sour wild berry. Taste is much more sour than the smell, taste of cranberry mixed with prune and very sour partly fermented apples, slight wheat aftertaste. Mouthfeel is fine, a lot more carbonated than I would have expected though I havent had the style before. Overall Ok beer, but I'd prefer a lambic instead. 3.5/5

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Photo of kalosjakar
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy yellow/straw colored with basically no head. Just a film which even that disappeared fast.

Funky up front, pear, lemon, light peach notes, yeast, bready.

Taste: sour, slightly tart, lemon, pear.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

White Birch Brewing "Berliner Weisse"
12 oz. can, no production code or freshness dating

Notes: There's not a lot of carbonation to this, which is odd because in general the style is pretty zesty. Maybe they're counting on a bit of fermentation to happen after packaging? As it stands it's quite low at about 1.8 volumes of C02/liter which is what you might expect of a British cask ale. Nice color, but a little more orange than I'd have expected. It's surprisingly clean in the aroma with a little bit of chalky-sour and a touch of wheat. The flavor follows, with the lightly sweetish malt taking a fuller role; and a touch of white grape, some orange, and a bit of lemon further back. It's tart, but not harshly so, and nicely balanced. It's not what I think of when I think of Berliner Weisse, but perhaps that's even better (?), offering a greater accessibility and more malt in exchange for a bit of funkiness. So, again, I have to wonder if this is how it's really supposed to be? Or was it supposed to ferment more? And is it actually 5.5% ABV? That's a touch high as well. So... it's certainly not "an authentic interpretation of a classic summer refresher", but quite charming in it's own way. Had it not been labelled "Berliner Weisse" I'd have scored it much higher; and I'm not sure what the pricing is per case/keg but I'd love to get this for my annual summer pool party.

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Photo of superspak
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can into tulip glass, no can dating. Pours hazy golden orange color with a 1 finger foamy white head with poor retention, that reduces to nothing pretty quickly. No lacing on the glass. Aromas of lightly tart lemon, lime, apricot, green apple, pear, white grape, wheat, cracker, biscuit, hay, straw, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of fruity/acidic/earthy yeast and bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of lightly tart lemon, lime, apricot, green apple, pear, white grape, wheat, cracker, biscuit, hay, straw, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Light-medium fruity/acidic tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, lime, apricot, green apple, pear, white grape, wheat, cracker, biscuit, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness, complexity, and balance of fruity/acidic/earthy yeast and bready malt flavors; with a nice malt/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Lightly dry/crisp from acidity and carbonation. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/acidic balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a good Berliner weiss. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of fruity/acidic/earthy yeast and bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the lighter acidity. This wasn’t as acidic as I was hoping for; but it had a solid amount and a unique flavor profile as well. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of NizzleEGizzle
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L: light yellow, straw colored.

S: a little sour, but not too much going on here.

T: nice and refreshing, zesty. Lacks depth of flavor or startling straightforward simplicity. Kind of meh.

F: weirdly watery on the body.

O: nice and refreshing, although nowhere near a memorable beverage. Can be enjoyed on the beach nicely.

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Photo of BigAggie89
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy, gold color with no lacing; sour, citrusy flavor; 5.5% ABV; medium mouthfeel with a dry finish; reminds me of a very sour lemonade; a drinkable beer but I'm not a sour beer fan

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Photo of Extol
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - slightly opaque gold in color. Smell - wheat and sour smell. Taste - follows the nose. Not too tart, very refreshing. Overall - I'd drink this again. Very solid.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours an opaque dusky orange with a large but quickly dissipating head. The aroma is primarily of fresh wheat with some grassy yeast and a bit of under-ripe fruit. The flavor leads with a fresh bread flavor, followed by a mild sourness, like three hour old lemon juice diluted with water, and then ends with a very soft doughy flavor. The mouthfeel is refreshing despite the highly cloud appearance. Overall this is a very nice Berliner Weisse, not one that overwhelms you with sourness, but a very balances, restrained beer.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the can into a wheat ale glass. No obvious can dating.

Faint one finger off white hand, a bit of snapping carbonation about of the glass, and dissolves quickly to nothing and dissappears. Body color is a muddy orange and brown, a solid lemon held to the light with a little bit of rising carbonation. Looks a little dead.

Aroma is fairly grainy smelling. Not much sense of tartness or lacto present. There's an almost woody splintery quality to this as well, like sawdust shavings. There's a touch of fruit maybe peach like quality on this but it's just not coming through. Nothing horrible though.

Palate seems to make up for it just a little. Tart mild lemon flavors hit the palate a bit nicely, but with a bit of a really wet body and very flat, even for a berliner and also surprisingly for one that is 5.5 % No really chewy malt backbone and more watery finish. Particularly sweet finish of peach and lemon as well after some time.

It's drinkable, but it's just not getting the quality of a good berliner, there's so much better out there. Third beer I've had from this brewery and they just can't seem to get it right.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a very energetic brilliant gold with a 2” white foam cap that recedes almost as fast as it appears. S: Has a very fresh white bread dough nose with some lemon and a suspicion of wet undyed leather, acidic. T: Attack citrusy, fruit tartness, slight funk on the finish with a lingering lemony tart finish F: Light body and a crisp, dry finish. O: Very refreshing, tart, bone dry and delightful.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a red wine glass, the beer is an opaque, pale, yellow-orange coloring with a thin halo of head. Aromas of toasted grains, floral notes, subtle lemon tartness, sour overtones, and hints of barnyard funk. Balanced nose, and not overpowering. The flavors are tart and sour forward, with a solid dose of lemon, sugary sweet notes, evergreen and grassy highlights, some roasted notes, floral highlights, and a definite yeast funk. Very balanced, and very drinkable. The sourness is just on the verge of puckering, making for a refreshing beer. The body is full and smooth, with a very tart and dry end feel. Sweet and floral aftertaste, with that quasi-pucker lurking around the edges. The finish is smooth, dry, and tart, with a sour linger. Good beer.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a hazy golden yellow with a two-finger foamy white head. The head disappears quickly leaving no noticeable lacing.

S - Aroma is lemon, wheat, and lactobacillus.

T - The taste is sour lemon upfront backed by a light wheat base.

M - Light bodied with medium carbonation. Crisp mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - This is a nice thirst quenching beer. Perfect for a warm summer day.

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Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy pale yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that quickly died down, leaving a few bubbles on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of sour Lactobacilius are present in the nose along with faint hints of wheat.
T: The taste is somewhat sour and has light notes of lemons and hints of wheat.
M: It feels light-bodied and slightly tart and on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish feels a little creamy.
O: This beer is rather quaffable and would make for a good selection on a hot summer day. It wasn't that sour so I could see this as being a good beer for someone to try who is new to the style.

Serving type: can

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 7/12/2015 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub, in Pawtucket, RI served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very faint but contains citrus, light caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a mild citrus tartness. Then a thin but hearty fir the style malt character comes in along with some sweetness. The hops presence is very mild as you would expect but still provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly tart.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, this is a good beer to drink for a while but there are better alternatives within the style.

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Photo of redleaves
1.46/5  rDev -59.9%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Bleh, flat, dirty tasting. Too dark for a Berliner, unfocused flavor and not sour. These beers should be bright, lively and tart. This is none of the above. ABV is too high as well.

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Photo of entenduintransit
2.82/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Not as tart/sour as I'd like my Berliners. Carbonation feels extremely flat. Maybe I got a bad batch but coming from a can and with a fairly recent canning date I figure this may just be how the beer really is.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had in the can poured into a pint. Golden color with a fast disappearing head, per the style. Smelled like some malts with a hint of sourness. The flavor was decent, started a nice malty sweetness which quickly yielded to that berliner weisse sour note that sticks to the back of your throat. Finishes a bit malty and you can feel the body a bit more once it warms up. Super easy to drink and refreshing, but I will take a Festina Peche over this one.

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Photo of theandyday
4.64/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Severely crushable. I waited a while to rate this one - the first year was amazingly sour, the following year there was some funky stuff going on and the last two years White Birch has nailed their process down. This beer is one you could drink all day - it's bright, light and has a great balance of sour and citrus... carbonated to perfection so you're not burping it up all afternoon. Amazing.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a bottle of White Birch's Berliner Weisse a couple weeks ago for $5.49 at The Lager Mill. I enjoy a good Berliner Weisse and I thought I should give this one a try while having my first beer from White Birch, lets see how it goes. 2015 Vintage. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a teku.

A- The Label looks ok, it's got some good information, but it isn't the most eye catching. It poured a cloudy golden orange color with half a fingers worth of off white head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it didn't really leave any lacing behind. This is a nice looking beer, but I wish the head, retention and lacing were better.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness that has a light honey like aroma to it with a fruity apple cider aroma being the first to show up along with some other fruits showing up in the background like some white grapes. Up next comes some bready and slightly grainy malts with some pale malt aromas showing up in the background. This beer has a nice aroma.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but this time it's a little lighter and it starts off with a lower amount of medium honey sweetness with a lower amount of medium tartness being the first to show up and it leads into the malts which impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma, but they are good amount lighter this time. Towards the end the fruits show up and they are a little lighter than they were in the aroma with the tartness lingering a little into the aftertaste along with a slightly fruity and slightly grainy malt aftertaste. This is a nice tasting beer, but I thought the flavors were just a little light for the style.

M- Smooth, slightly refreshing, a little crisp, on the thick side of being being light bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is ok, but I wish there was more carbonation.

Overall I thought this was a decent beer and a decent example of the style, it had most of the aspects that I look for in the style, but when it came to the taste it was just a little lighter than I wanted and I found myself wishing that it had more flavor with a little more tartness. This beer has decent drinkability, I think one glass is the perfect amount for me, I might start to get bored with it if I have more than that. What I like the most about this beer was the aroma, it was nice and to me it was the highlight of this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the carbonation, I just thought it was too low for the style, especially when the brewery states on the label that it's suppose to be Champagne like. I might buy this beer again, if I couldn't find a better example of the style, but it for sure wouldn't be my first choice. I can't say it's a must try beer, but if you really like the style and want something on the lighter side then it might be worth a try. All in all I liked it, but it was rough around the edges, it has some potential, but it needs some work and I think putting fruit in it might be the way to go to make the flavor a little more interesting. It made for a decent first impression of this Brewery, I will be interested in trying more of their beer, but I think it's right around average for the style. Solid job guys, but with a little work I think this could be a pretty good beer.

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Photo of JAFoley
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pale hazy amber body with bubbly white head. Not a lot of retention or lacing

S - very sour, orange, grapefruit, and spices

T - big sour citrus, apricots, and grape. Some spices and earthiness in the aftertaste

M - medium/light body with light fine carbonation.

O - this was enjoyable. I'm just getting into sours recently so it's hard for me to compare. Good flavors but could possibly be more complex and have more body

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Photo of GeeL
4.63/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I've never had a Berliner Weisse before, so it was hard for me to rate this. I was looking for a beer equivalent for a pre-dinner dry champagne, and I think this fit the bill just fine.

Appearance: cloudy straw colored. Some carbonation, not overly spritzy but not subdued either. Was served in a pilsner glass which accentuated the color and the bubbling.

Aroma: it smelled sour, but was not offensive. It had some tart fruit (lemons, etc) and a wheaty smell.

Taste: it was tart, but not over the top, not as tart as other sour beers I've had. Not as tart as sweet-tart candies, for example; it didn't make us pucker up. The wheat backbone gave a nice earthy base that balanced the other flavors of lemon and candied orange peel before those mellowed out and the tartness subsided. It tasted dry, like a dry yeasty champagne.

Mouthfeel: it was light, but surprisingly complex. It's not filling and easy to drink.

Overall: the 22-oz bottle is a little much for one person, find a friend with some cheese and crackers and enjoy a little happy hour.

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Photo of illpass78
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. bomber poured into a weizen glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy straw with midrange carbonation and a big white head that sticks around for a bit.

Aroma: This beer has a sour, musty smell along with lemon and faint wheat.

Taste: The tartness is up front, along with the lemon flavor. It has a wheat backbone balanced by lots of sour, funky taste hitting the palate.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light of body, as you'd expect. It has depth and complexity while still being quaffable and fairly easy on the palate.

Overall: Nice sour beer. Twenty-two ounces is a little much at once for a beer so tart, but ask yourself - how much tart can you take?

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